Twenty-three-year-old Joanna Pacitti has been axed from American Idol 's Top 36 finalists only hours after they were announced. No reason was immediately announced, and at first reporters speculated that her ouster may have been related to the fact that she had performed professionally in the past and once had been signed to a recording contract with Geffen Records. However, the gossip tabloid Star said that Pacitti's "close association" with executives of Idol 's production company, 19 Entertainment, was regarded as a conflict of interest and threatened to compromise the impartiality of the contest.